Why do Vietnamese boats have eyes?

Painted on the front of many vo lai, and lots other watercraft in Vietnam, are two stylized eyes. Legend has it that these eyes protect riverboats from monsters or evil spirits. They add a special touch to the character of each boat.

What are Vietnamese river boats called?

To combat the Viet Cong guerillas disrupting communications and supplies in the Mekong Delta during the Vietnam War, the U.S. Navy utilized small fiberglass hull boats designated Patrol Boat, Riverine (PBR). The boats had an enlisted crew of four and began operations in March 1966 with Operation Game Warden.

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